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Shopping for Dad This Father’s Day

Shopping for Dad This Father’s Day - The Beacon


By: Jason

Shopping for Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15th, and many of us may still be trying to find the perfect gift for Dad. Your Better Business Bureau (BBB) would like to offer some tips for last-minute shopping.

When buying a gift, get a gift receipt. Dad may not need another tie or might already have that socket wrench so giving him the option of returning the gift is a good idea. Many stores will provide a gift receipt but you may have to ask and specify that it is for a gift. It is also best to review the return policy before purchasing to make sure the item is returnable. Depending on the store and the product, Dad may only receive a store credit or no refund at all.

Using a credit card when purchasing an item gives you the option of disputing the charges if the product is defective or never arrives. This provides an extra layer of protection for you in the event that an issue cannot be resolved with the business. Some credit card companies limit the amount of time you have to file a dispute so make sure you are aware of their policies.

Keep any and all warranty information with the receipt. Whether you give Dad the warranty info or keep it yourself, make sure that it is available if needed. This is especially important for expensive items as any repair or replacement could be very costly.

If buying online, always read the privacy and return policies. If you need express shipping for the gift to arrive on time be sure to select that option when placing your order. Remember that an anticipated delivery date is not necessarily a guaranteed delivery date so be sure you understand what you are selecting. The same holds true if you are mailing something to Dad. Whether it is through the post office or a parcel carrier be sure you understand what your options are and remember that actually having something delivered on a Sunday is usually not possible.

If Dad is hard to shop for, a gift certificate might be the perfect choice. If considering a gift certificate, look for ones that are accepted at multiple stores or restaurants to give Dad some choices. This also helps to protect against a worthless card if a location closes. Gift cards may have expiration dates or restrictions that limit the value so be sure to note that.

As with any purchase decision, value is a combination of price and product quality. Doing a little research and checking reviews can help avoid the hassle of a defective gift. For more information you can trust visit

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Jason was the Manager of Dispute Resolution Services with the BBB and primary handled consumer complaints. He also assisted consumers with business inquiries. He was a regular contributor to the blog.